Horseback Riding Vacations - Horseback safaris

General Information

 

Wait A little horse safaris are highly personalized run by Gerti and Philip Kusseler on 30 000 ha of privately managed Reserves close to the famous Kruger National Park. Philip Kusseler the owner and guide has a very good reputation in the guiding world of South Africa. He started off his career at Tshukudu Game Lodge near Hoedspruit where he worked on the lion breeding project and other conservation projects. Philip has reached the highest qualification one can get in South Africa as a field guide, SKS (special skills) dangerous game.

Philip and Gerti gained their experiences with horses in Germany. Both of them have ridden since childhood and Gerti worked for many years as a horse trainer and has ridden competitively. She looks after the training and care of the horses as well as the kitchen, the administration and the staff.

Accommodation

Wait A little tented Camp

Accommodation is in secluded, luxury, double-bedded tents on platforms, equipped with hot and cold outside shower under a thatched roof, and a loo with a view, overlooking the Makhutswe River. The central dining area is furnished with African antiques and a good selection of books is available. From the swimming pool you can overlook the river.

Beacon Rock

The Sleep Out camp is situated on a rock formation, the highest point in the area, with a magnificent view over the Lowveld Escarpment. You sleep on mattresses under the stars on top of the rock or under a shelter. A huge campfire is kept going all night, and you can enjoy the night sounds of the bush.

3 meals per day are served. A light breakfast before the morning ride, lunches with fresh salads, home made bread and meats/fish. Dinner is always generous and a fine international cuisine is served. Emphasis is on venison, pasta, fresh fish if available and barbecues.

Phiva Camp (Makalali Lodge)

Built and designed by Silvio Rech, a well known architect, this camp seems to have grown out of the African Bush. The inspiration has come from the colours of Africa; red like the soil, white like the bones, brown like the branches, orange and grey like the rocks. Clay, reed, wood, skulls and lots of other natural resources provided the materials to build this unique camp. As with all the Makalali camps, accommodation is in private chalets, each equipped with en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and private salas for your relaxation.

Garonga Safari Camp

Garonga Safari Camp is an exclusive 14 bed property in the greater Makalali Conservancy situated west of the Kruger National Park. This unassuming sanctuary promises a more intimate wildlife encounter in an unhurried environment – somewhere where you can unwind, and truly relax. Accommodation is in tented rooms, at a dry riverbed – each with a wooden deck that commands spectacular views. The rooms are spacious, with large, draped beds. In addition to the indoor shower, there is an outdoor shower.

Riding Ability

The safaris are for experienced riders only. Sporty and long canters require a good level of riding. Canters through the bush, with some small natural jumps are all part of the experience, and good balance is required. As long hours are spent in the saddle, you need to be a fit and proficient rider.

The riding style is English, and Leon Liversage Endurance Saddles are used. At a walk, a longer rein is used. There is constant leg contact which is of advantage should there be sudden game movements, such as antelope jumping in front of the group. At the faster paces the reins are kept shorter and especially over long distances, the ability to stand up at a canter is encouraged, in order to relax the horse’s back. Seat savers and sheepskins are provided.

Group size is a maximum of 6 riders.

Weight Limit: Maximum weight is 95 kg (210lbs/15stone)

Most of the horses go in a loose ring snuffle, and two or three go in a rubber Pelham for their own comfort.

Horses

The success of the operation relies on the quality of the horses. Special breeds have been selected and carefully trained to suit the purpose of a Horse Safari. The discipline of the horses and the group is necessary to secure the safety on trail.

Most of the horses are ‘South African Boerperd’.  This is a beautiful and elegant type, sensitive, responsive, well tempered, forward going and very brave. Other appropriate breeds we use are Thoroughbred crosses, Warm bloods and Arabs. As there are 30 horses in the herd, all riders can be matched to a suitable mount. All horses are trained in basic dressage in the riding arena, along the GFN (German National Equestrian Federation) guidelines. This ensures that your horse is responsive, well mannered and fun to ride. This training loosens their backs and softens the mouth so the horse is more balanced on trail. All horses are spirited and forward going, some obviously more than others. Horse heights from 14.2 to 16.2 hands

What to bring

Jodhpurs, half or full chaps

Light cotton trousers to wear under chaps or in the evenings

Shorts for the midday break

Long sleeved shirts give protection from the sun whilst riding

T-shirts

Swimming costume

Socks

Rubber Flip Flops/ sandals

Riding shoes or comfortable riding boots with thin treat and low heels

Riding gloves

Casual evening outfit

Sweat shirt or jersey

Warm Jacket in Winter (May to August)

Hat

Sun block

Sunglasses

Torch

Insect repellent

Antihistamine Cream

Camera and film

Binoculars

Laundry can be done at base Camp (Wait a little). Beds are complete with sheets, duvets, duvet covers and towels are provided in all camps.

Chaps and hard hats are provided, but your own gear will fit better